Mission’s Cody McMahon finds some open field during B.C. high school football playoffs in Abbotsford on Friday. (Ben Lypka/Mission Record)

Roadrunners fall to South Delta in football playoffs

Mission loses 45-22 to Sun Devils to wrap up 2018 campaign

The South Delta Sun Devils proved to be too much for the Mission Roadrunners in round one of the AAA B.C. high school football playoffs.

The Sun Devils officially ended the season for Mission by defeating them 45-22.

The game, which occurred at Abbotsford’s Latham Field, saw South Delta score 31 consecutive points over the first two quarters before Mission got on the board.

Keegan Royal dashed 70 yards on a reverse handoff play to make it 31-8 with 3:36 left in the first half. The Sun Devils added another touchdown before the half was complete to put them up 38-8 after two quarters.

Royal scored another rushing touchdown to open the second half scoring, and Mission trailed 38-14 with 5:05 left in the third. It appeared that the Roadrunners might have a little momentum after a successful onside kick got them the ball back, but on the ensuing play the club threw an interception.

South Delta made it 45-14 in the fourth, and Cody McMahon had a nice individual effort to run 30 yards to make it the 45-22 final.

It puts to an end what was a solid season for the Mission senior varsity team, as the club posted a 4-3 record in regular season play, and posted big wins over the Abbosford Panthers, the Mt. Boucherie Bears in Kelowna, the Centennial Centaurs in Coquitlam and against Kelowna Secondary.

The Roadrunners also received praise for playing tight games against powerhouse schools like Terry Fox and St. Thomas More Collegiate.

The program bids farewell to graduating players Royal, key wide receiver Tyson Bongo, Alec Bolland, quarterback Jackson Trask, Jalen Hamilton, Taylor Fleming, Jacob Scheltgen, Owen Sepke, Clayton White, Easton Stapleton and Daylin Smith.

Read next week’s print edition of the Mission City Record for more.

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